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Greece: Strikes shutdown Athens ahead of crucial parliamentary vote01:25

Greece: Strikes shutdown Athens ahead of crucial parliamentary vote

Greece, Athens
July 15, 2015 at 10:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Athens woke to a strike freezing the city on Wednesday, as Greece prepares for a crucial parliamentary vote on the bailout plan demanded by the country's creditors. The strikes, which have affected the capital's metro stations, hospitals and pharmacies as well as other institutions, were organised by the Adedy Union Federation in a sign of opposition against the proposed bailout agreement.

The strikes come a day after Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, gave a television interview to the state broadcaster. Tsipras stated that "I take full responsibility for mistakes and omissions as well as for signing an agreement that I don't believe in," in reference to the creditors demands.

The new agreement comes a week and a half after the Greek people rejected the demands of creditors in a national referendum. A draft statement released on July 12 indicated the scale of the creditors' demands in the new agreement. These demands include: the full implementation of automatic spending cuts, including pension reforms and other austerity measures. Moreover, they require the Syriza government to align its legislative agenda with institutions, removing legislation that breaks with the strict spending plans.

Greece: Strikes shutdown Athens ahead of crucial parliamentary vote01:25
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Athens woke to a strike freezing the city on Wednesday, as Greece prepares for a crucial parliamentary vote on the bailout plan demanded by the country's creditors. The strikes, which have affected the capital's metro stations, hospitals and pharmacies as well as other institutions, were organised by the Adedy Union Federation in a sign of opposition against the proposed bailout agreement.

The strikes come a day after Greek Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, gave a television interview to the state broadcaster. Tsipras stated that "I take full responsibility for mistakes and omissions as well as for signing an agreement that I don't believe in," in reference to the creditors demands.

The new agreement comes a week and a half after the Greek people rejected the demands of creditors in a national referendum. A draft statement released on July 12 indicated the scale of the creditors' demands in the new agreement. These demands include: the full implementation of automatic spending cuts, including pension reforms and other austerity measures. Moreover, they require the Syriza government to align its legislative agenda with institutions, removing legislation that breaks with the strict spending plans.

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